Hoover hatchery? Any good?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by 9farmgirl9, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. 9farmgirl9

    9farmgirl9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am wanting to buy some red sexlinks or gold sex links, and Hoover hatchery has them pretty cheep. Has anyone ordered from there and are there red sex links excellent layer?
     
  2. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

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    Never heard of them until now!
     
  3. 9farmgirl9

    9farmgirl9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I haven't either but then again i only knew about McMurray, then i startd looking and well i have 9 catalogs from diferent hatcheries, expecting 7more soon. And i was looking for a cheap place to get red sex inks and hoover hatcery is extremely cheap i was just was suspicous of why.
     
  4. Easily Confused

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    I ordered from them. I know absolutely nothing(but I am learning) about chickens. They sent them on May 12 and I picked them up at the local PO the next morning. Every little fuzz muffin was healthy. I lost one about a week later, but that was due to operator error. I let my neice(8 yrs) hold one and she dropped it when it jumped out of her hand. It passed the next morning. So I felt like the worst chicken mommie in the world. But everyone else is doing great. I have 26 left! Since they are only 5 weeks or something like that, I can't tell you about their laying skills. They were recommended by the guy who owns the feed mill though. And they order for people there all the time, so if there was an issue, you would think people would let him know.
     
  5. western edge

    western edge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered their mix heavies several years ago through Runnings Farm and Fleet. Still have some EEs, a Buff Orp, a Black Australorpe. All are still productive and the BO still goes broody all summer. As hatcheries go I would rate them very good.
     
  6. roocrazy

    roocrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok i have a good story and a bad story about this hatchery, i, presonally would not purchase chicks from this hatchery again. my first ever chickens, and i got 36 birds!!! one week later they started dropping like flies. 36 down to 5 in 2 days all from a disease thaey had contracted at the hatchery. good story is i also got ducks from them and whew did they grow up fast [​IMG]
     
  7. erinchelsea

    erinchelsea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered our Cornish Rock X from them since we usually order from McMurray (they are local to us) but they were out of stock. I drove to Hoover Hatchery and picked up the birds. I *think* it is just cheaper because it's a little family run business and I'm sure their overhead is low. They are located in this dinky little town I'm sure rent is cheap! [​IMG] Anyway, we lost a few birds due to cocci and operator error but I think some of that goes along with the breed and we had lost a few of our layers from McMurray to cocci too. But other than that, they have been good birds. I'd order from them again, although I don't have any experience of getting chicks shipped from them.

    Did you end up ordering your chicks yet?
     
  8. 9farmgirl9

    9farmgirl9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No not yet i cant decide on which breed to get. For eggs that is. That doesn't eat too much or is good forager, Here are the breeds they have---White leghorn, Barred rock, Black australorp, production red, RIR, Gold star, Black sex link, White rock, buff orpington, Silver laced wyandotte, and Americana. Which should i get.
     
  9. MaggieO

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    I live in Northfield MN and bought 5 pullets from them this spring on the advice of a friend. The big advantage for me was that I could buy a very small number instead of the minimum 2 dozen that many hatcheries require. Also, Hoovers delivers the chicks directly to local merchants, so they're never shipped via the post. I think that's one reason why my chicks have done so well, though at 5 weeks I don't know yet how productive they'll be. Hoovers threw in two extras, and for the life of me I haven't been able to figure out what they are. For a while I thought they were black sex link cockerels, but I still don't really know!

    One other plus about Hoovers: Another feed store owner told me about how they went above and beyond the call of duty when a local kid lost his flock in the wintertime. He was disconsolate, and the feed store owner called to ask if they could help out by making some chicks available for the kid at Christmastime.
     
  10. MaggieO

    MaggieO New Egg

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    I live in Northfield MN and bought 5 pullets from them this spring on the advice of a friend. The big advantage for me was that I could buy a very small number instead of the minimum 2 dozen that many hatcheries require. Also, Hoovers delivers the chicks directly to local merchants, so they're never shipped via the post. I think that's one reason why my chicks have done so well, though at 5 weeks I don't know yet how productive they'll be. Hoovers threw in two extras, and for the life of me I haven't been able to figure out what they are. For a while I thought they were black sex link cockerels, but I still don't really know!

    One other plus about Hoovers: Another feed store owner told me about how they went above and beyond the call of duty when a local kid lost his flock in the wintertime. He was disconsolate, and the feed store owner called to ask if they could help out by making some chicks available for the kid at Christmastime. Sure enough, they delivered the hatchlings on Christmas eve!
     
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